EastEnders star Sam Strike has revealed that his character Johnny Carter will have an awkward relationship with his mum for a while yet.
The actor joined the BBC soap as one of the Carter family at Christmas, along with Kellie Bright as mum Linda, Danny Dyer as dad Mick and Maddy Hill as sister Nancy, with Johnny and Linda recently falling out over his sexuality.
Linda has been struggling to accept her son is gay, infuriating him for her lack of support.
Sam told the official EastEnders website: “The relationship with Johnny and Linda, where Linda’s always babied Johnny, I think she partly blames herself for his sexuality – even though it’s nothing to do with her, it could never have been anything to do with her.
“I personally think there’s always going to be a problem there between Johnny and Linda. Even if they’re on amicable, civil terms, she’s never going to be 100 per cent happy that things turned out the way they did.”
Sam added that he had been proud of his coming out scenes, where he revealed his sexuality to Mick, and said of Danny: “He’s lovely. I had a heavy scene with him right at the beginning, and we were both on the same level and really comfortable with each other. He’s just a really lovely guy.
“With that scene where Johnny comes out to Mick, I was really nervous the night it aired, because you want it to look convincing, but then you want to do justice by the people that have been there and done it. It was a real proving ground for me, because it was the first time I actually had to do any proper drama acting.
“I’ve had letters and Danny’s had letters saying that we’d helped people to come out, and it makes things worth it.”